Moving away from losing at the University of Miami, where his pitching was less than stellar, the Michigan softball team № 19 looked to stop the bleeding.
But in front of the opening of the Big Ten against Nebraska “Raamahi” failed – in part due to many mistakes in attack and defense.
Michigan’s defensive troubles began at the top of the fourth, after he had already retreated 2-0.
The Cornhuskers opened the inning with two well-beaten singles. At first, Michigan’s defense was on top. In the next battle the appointed player Courtney Wallace fought one jump to the left, but the baserunner did not score due to the threat of the hand of senior left field player Lexi Blair. In the next game, a hit to the right field, which looked almost certain to lead to a series, was thwarted by right-field graduate Christina Burkhardt, who threw the ball into the house to knock the ball out.
Bases were still loaded, but it felt like Wolverines could get out of the half without giving up a single run.
In the full field, central field defender Caitlin Neal hit a hard liner in the direction of freshman Ella McVeigh. McVeigh made a sporty grip and threw the ball towards the senior third man from base Taylor Bump in what was to end the half. But Bump dumped him. Cornhuskers got another chance. And they took that chance when Squire watched her road to an RBI walk.
While a walk with loaded bases may not be justified, senior right-hander Alex Storako would not have found himself in such a situation had it not been for Bumpa’s mistake in third place.
“We need better standards,” said Michigan coach Carol Hutchins. “Ordinary balls on the field, catching pop-ups, hitting the ball from the backyard, these should be the standards.”
Michigan is now in the 3-0 hole. And if the bats did not come into firm contact, it was to be hoped for little ball. Freshman player Anabel Vidra opened the fifth place with a walk and moved on to the second on the primer. The kick is laid out for the second of the half.
The graduate of the player of the utility Melina Livingston came to the post.
A pinch hit for McVeigh, Livingston hit one in the far field, killing Otter with another when she hit a throw home. Livingston tried to take advantage of the throw home, advancing second, but was easily thrown out.
This mistake on the base tracks cost Wolverines extra bits in the halves when they had the impetus and crossed the lead in Nebraska.
“If you want to beat Nebraska, you have to go out and play,” Hutchins said. “You have to play.”
Michigan definitely had a chance to win the game and he was able to draw within one title in the seventh inning. But that was not enough.
Against quality opponents at the conference such mistakes will constantly cost the Wolverines games. If Michigan hopes to achieve its pre-season goals or even perform well in the game of Big Ten, then these mistakes need to be eliminated – and quickly.